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Posted Friday, Aug 11, 2017 2:11:08 PM

Crescendo music school, Fall 2017

Crescendo offers individual or group lessons in

Piano - Wednesdays

Voice - Thursdays

Guitar - more information will be coming soon

Vocal Ensemble Club - Thursdays

The Vocal Ensemble Club aims at developing individual singing skills, singing within a group, the basic musical skills of pitch, rhythm and expression through musical vocal techniques for the young singer. Rehearsals will be held on Thursdays from 15:30 - 16:30

If your child is interested, or if you would like more information please contact Maria at Crescendo on 93443316
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Posted Tuesday, Aug 8, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Dear Skagerak Kindergarten and Primary families

Welcome back! I hope you have had a relaxing and enjoyable summer with friends and family.

Kindergarten and primary school begins Monday, 14th of August, at 8:45 am. You are welcome to arrive at 8:30 am and meet the kindergarten and primary staff. We will all gather outside in front of the school. The first day of school is a full day and students will arrive at 8:45 and be dismissed at 3 pm. There is afternoon SFO until 4:30 on Monday with Ms Carol for those who need it. Please notify your child's homeroom teacher if they are attending SFO on the first day. Morning SFO for Kindergarten and Primary will begin on Tuesday morning at 7:30am. If you have any questions about the start-up times and schedule, please do not hesitate to ask.

For the first day, your child should bring a snack, lunch, a water bottle, pencils, erasers, indoor shoes, and weather appropriate clothing. If your child is attending afternoon SFO, they will need an additional snack for the late afternoon. Contact teachers will be sending additional information and necessary school start-up forms home with students on the first day of school, including medical information and permission forms.

Below you will find the list of contact teachers and their respective emails for the 2017/2018 school year.


Ms Daniela Allen


Ms Tracey Leys


Ms Margaret Goodnow/

Ms Leslie Taschner


Ms Cortina Nystad


Mr Reuben Siebenga


Ms Andrea Helgesen/

Mr Richard Thompson


Ms Emma Johansen

Once again this year, much of our school information will be digital and regularly added to our website and classroom blogs.

We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces soon. Enjoy your last few days of summer!

Kind regards

Principal James Tester

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Posted Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Have a great summer holiday!

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Posted Tuesday, Jun 6, 2017 3:08:34 PM

Primary School Activity Day - New date: Wednesday 14 June

Please prepare your child with: A healthy snack, water bottle, hat, active clothing, running shoes, and sunscreen, rain gear. Please make sure the name of your child is visible on their belongings to prevent articles being lost or misplaced.

This is an all day, outdoor event at Knattholmen Leirsted. Students will be transported by bus to/from the Primary School location. Everyone should come prepared to be outside and active for the duration of the day.

Students are asked to wear their team colors for the day of the event

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Posted Tuesday, May 16, 2017 10:57:00 AM

Crescendo Music School, FALL LINE UP - 2017

Individual or group lessons in

  • PIANO - Wednesdays
  • VOICE - Thursdays

We aim on developing individual singing skills, singing within a group, the basic musical skills of pitch, rhythm and expression through musical vocal techniques for the young singer.

If your are interested and would like further information please contact Crescendo Musikkskole

Email: or telephone: 93 44 33 16

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Posted Monday, May 15, 2017 7:25:25 PM

17th May at Skagerak International School

Wednesday is Norway's constitutional day, 17. mai, and we at Skagerak celebrate this annual event with the community. Here is some useful information about this day below:

  • the Parent Council is arranging a breakfast beginning at 7:45 am in the high school cafeteria. Waffle and coffee sales will be held to support the Parent Council
  • around 8:15am, Primary and Middle school students will hold a flag ceremony
  • just before 9am, PY1-DP2 we will march along Framnesveien and first meet Framnes skole and the Framnes Jr. music corp at Coop Xtra, and then Ormestad skole at Rema 1000. Parents and siblings are welcomed to join us during this part of the parade! PY1 will walk with us or meet us in town
  • at 10 am the 17th of May ceremony begins in Badeparken. Hipp hipp hurra!
  • at 10:20, Skagerak PY1 to DP2 students and staff will march through town, returning to Badeparken by 11:30. As always, we do ask that Primary and Middle school students inform their homeroom teacher before leaving the festivities.

Things to remember

  • students meeting in town should notify their homeroom teachers beforehand
  • be sure your child has comfortable shoes for standing and marching
  • if rain is forecasted, no umbrellas please - rain jacket or poncho is best
  • When you collect your child, be sure to inform the class teacher in person. Please collect them from Badeparken, not along the parade route
  • Students should leave gum, candy, noise makers, silly spray, etc at home

Enjoy the day! Gratulerer med dagen!

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Posted Monday, May 15, 2017 3:19:08 PM

Building a Sustainable Future - Thursday 18 May 6-7 pm

All are cordially invited to the MY4 exhibition of Building a Sustainable Future - an exhibition of work aimed at providing for a better tomorrow through sustainable designed homes. The exhibit will be held in the library of the high school building. Please join us!

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Posted Friday, May 12, 2017 6:57:26 PM

17th May celebrations

Once again the Skagerak Parent Council invites all students, families and friends of Skagerak to start Norway's national day with breakfast and student speeches:

07:45 Breakfast - Rolls, waffles, coffee, tea and juice may be purchased
08:45 Flag ceremony with speeches and the national anthem
09:00 Skagerak students leave to join with Framnes skole to walk to town
Location Skagerak International School, High school cafeteria

Join us and celebrate 17th May!

Sandefjord kommune 17 May programme

Where to meet up in Badeparken

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Posted Wednesday, May 3, 2017 1:12:20 PM

Forskerfabrikken summer school 26-30 June

Once again Skagerak International School is hosting the popular Forskerfabrikens summer school 26-30 June for all children in Sandefjord currently in grades 4, 5 and 6. Please see more information on their website - space is limited so sign up today!

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Posted Tuesday, May 2, 2017 4:07:32 PM

PY6 Exhibition

Preparing for tonight's opening session at 6 pm - hope to see you there!

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Posted Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 11:00:09 AM

Primary School Assembly

Please join us Friday, April 28th for our full school assembly at 14:00 in Lars Ask Auditorium. PY6 will be our featured class with PY1 joining in with a song. There will also be a short puppet performance given by two ELA students. We will wrap things up with a special story for everyone.

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Posted Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017 12:39:31 PM

PY6 Exhibition 2017

We are excited to invite students and parents to the opening of the PY6 Exhibition for 2017 on Tuesday 2 May at 6 pm in the Lars Ask Auditorium. The Exhibition will also be open for viewing Wednesday 3 May 9:00-15:00 and Thursday 4 May 9:00-12:15 in the library in the high school building.

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Posted Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017 11:42:52 AM

Sandar IL skolecup i fotball, 13 May 2017

For the 28th year in row, Sandar IL invites all schools grade 1 to 7 to Skolecupen on 13 May 2017 at Vesterøya Idrettspark (Kariåsen) - sign up due date 3 May. Boys and girls play on the same team, each team consisting of 5 players and any number of substitutes can be registered. We encourage our parents to organise class teams for a fun day at Kariåsen! More information can be found on Sandar's website or on the flyer Skagerak received from Sandar IL

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Posted Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 6:16:28 PM

Skagerak's Got Talent Show, 3 May

Middle and High school students proudly present the annual Skagerak's Got Talen Show in the Lars Ask Auditorium on Wednesday 3 May at 17:00.

50 kr for adulst, 30 kr for students and free for all under 12 years of age.

Enjoy the fun!

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Posted Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 2:16:19 PM

Updated hours for the homework club

Ms Kristina Unhjem is replacing Ms Sunde for the remainder of the 16-17 academic year. The homework club will now be held on Tuesdays only, 14:30 to 16:15 in the PY3 classroom. The Wednesday session is therefore cancelled.

We wish Ms Sunde the very best in her year long adventure of sailing around the world!

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Posted Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 2:03:10 PM

Lunch with the principal

Congratulations to Erik, Sumeia and Paulina for being recognized by the Skagerak community for going 'above and beyond'. They received the much sought after weekly lunch with the principal award, where they are treated to lunch in the cafeteria with the older students.

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Posted Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 12:29:00 PM

Python Club

Age group: PY6 – MY4

When: Wednesday B-weeks

In the Python Club, you will learn how to program in Python. We will make games, websites, software and so much more! Python is a language used by google, and one of the most used languages in the world. Major websites and software like Youtube, Instagram and Spotify are all made with Python. We will meet every Wednesday in B weeks at 15:15. Send me an email at if you would like to join the CAS or have any questions!

See you then!

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Posted Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017 9:47:00 PM

Alternative timetables

The Norwegian teachers union, Utdanningsforbundet, has taken out from Thursday 23 March, 36 of their members on strike at Skagerak International School. We regret the inconvenience this causes for our students and their parents.

Alternative timetables have been emailed to parents and students, and have been posted on the news blogs for the Primary and Middle school students.

Please see the press release in Norwegian or English or listen to the debate on NRK1 Vestfold with director Hans Jørgen Firing.

For further information, please read Utdanningsforbundet's most recent declaration of their strategy against private schools (in English and Norwegian) and a statement from the leader of Utdanningsforbundet about Kamp mot økt kommersialisering.

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Posted Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 3:52:44 PM

Calling all carpenters...

The school library is interested in acquiring new wooden bins to hold the picture book collection in the Primary School section of the library. Do we have any parents or grandparents in the school community with carpentry skills? Please contact the school librarians, Sue Budd ( or Maura Brattested (, if you are interested and able!

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Posted Monday, Mar 13, 2017 11:39:00 AM

Skagerak Playmakers present Oliver Twist, 31 March and 1 April

Everyone is invited toVerdensteateret on Kongensgate on 31 March and 1 April for this year's production, Oliver Twist.

Oliver Twist is a dramatic story, told in English, about a young orphan boy who finds himself alone on the streets of London in 1831. His is befriended by thieves and pickpockets, later rescued by a wealthy family and finally finds out about his true identity.

25 actors, ages 9-19 years have been skillfully directed by John Goodnow in recreating pre-Victorian London. Tickets available at the door. Adults: kr 150; children/students kr 50; Family ticket Kr 350

Come and enjoy yet another fantastic production from our very own theatre group!

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Posted Thursday, Mar 9, 2017 11:05:00 AM

Fun in the forest with PY3!

Lot's of smiles while gathering items for the Habitat Box exchange with our friends in the USA!

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Posted Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017 4:22:00 PM

Student led conferences for Primary school, 16 March

On Thursday 16 March from 13:00 to 19:00, Kindergarten and Primary school teachers at Skagerak International School will be holding student led conferences for the second term of 2016/2017. Students will be dismissed at 12:15 on this day.Please take a moment to sign up to see your child's teachers, as many of the times fill up quite quickly. Additionally this semester, Mr. Hans Jørgen Firing the school Director, will be available for meetings if you would like information, or have any questions or concerns for him.

The Primary school will student led conferences that give the students an opportunity to demonstrate their skills that they have learned this past year. Each slot is 45 minutes long and there are a total of four different students can sign up for each slot. If you would like to speak to any of the specialist teachers (Norwegian, Art, PE, Music, Learning Support and ELA) they will also be available for a 10 minute conference. Simply scroll through the different teachers to find their schedules or click each link below to go directly to their signup page.


Sign up Procedure

Please visit the link to schedule your meetings - see also the email that was sent to all parents on 6 March. You may sign up for meetings by ticking an available time slot. You can scroll through the available teachers with the tabs at the top of the page. If you want to change the date, simply choose from the top right pull down menu. Please make note of the time and try not to book teachers at the same time. You will receive an email notification of all your appointments two days prior to the scheduled conferences. You do not have to sign up for SignUpGenius; however, if you do, you will be able to make edits, cancel appointments, and have greater functionality in the program. If you have any troubles, questions, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Tony Egan for assistance.

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Posted Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017 2:35:02 PM

IB Diploma Visual Arts Exhibition 2017

On Monday 13 March 6-8 pm, 4 students from our IB Diploma programme will be exhibiting their works created during their 2 year study of visual arts. The Visual Arts department is proud to present their creative works and all members of the Skagerak community are invited to participate in the opening of the exhibition.

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Posted Monday, Mar 6, 2017 4:42:40 PM

Support the Kindergarten and Primary School Student Council

On Thursday 9 March, the Student Council is selling pizza to raise funds so it can continue to sponsor fun and exciting events for the Kindergarten and Primary School!

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Posted Monday, Feb 27, 2017 3:32:00 PM

PY1 Art Exhibition: How we express ourselves

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Posted Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 4:32:37 PM

PY1 Art Gallery

Today the talented students of PY1 officially opened their Art Galler, celebrating all of the fantastic pieces produced this year. An amazing display that showcases their creative diversity!

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Posted Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 11:25:00 AM

Chess champion at Skagerak

Our Primary Years 3 student Lykke-Merlot Helliesen (8), won the Norwegian chess championship for her age level (2006 and younger), held in Bærum this past weekend - congratulations! See the article in Sandefjords Blad.

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Posted Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 3:45:00 PM

The team behind the scenes at Skagerak!

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Posted Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 3:15:00 PM

Artist Visit in PY1

As part of their current art unit, PY1 had a visit from local artist, Lizz Daniels, who showed them how to make collages with glue and paper, specifically serviettes. They produced their own colorful, vibrant works of art!

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Posted Friday, Feb 10, 2017 3:04:16 PM

NIBS conference held at Skagerak

Skagerak hosted the annual NIBS conference (Norwegian International Baccalaureate Schools) on Thursday 9 February. Over 60 heads and coordinators from all areas of Norway were gathered to discuss and collaborate about IB education in Norway. It was a successful day and a perfect opportunity to showcase the great things that are happening at our school.

After being greeted by our young hosts from PY5, the participants were entertained with the PY2 class in the opening ceremony, before starting the scheduled individual sessions.

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    • TueAug22 Høyt & Lavt

      DP1 and DP2 student trip to Høyt & Lavt

    • ThuAug31 Curriculum evening and BBQ

      For Kindergarten, Primary and Middle school parents

    • FriSep01 CAS fair

      for MY3 to DP2 students

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